The ISM awards schools for their commitment to music for third year

For the third year, the ISM and ISM Trust have honoured secondary schools across the UK for their commitment to music in the curriculum within their schools with an ISM/ISM Trust certificate for music.

These annual certificates – awarded by the ISM and supported by the ISM’s sister charity ISM Trust, recognise not only the high level of uptake and attainment in GCSE music in secondary schools but the level of commitment that is shown to music as subject in their school.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

‘Now with the scheme in its third year, we are delighted to honour high-achieving secondary schools with ISM/ISM Trust certificates in music, recognising their commitment to music as a valued subject and a vital part of their curriculum.

‘Music in itself brings huge value and benefits to pupils – it supports learning in other subjects, generates educational opportunities and brings a sense of community to school life. As the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’

About the ISM/ISM Trust certificates in music

The certificates are awarded in three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze. 20% of the overall Key Stage 4 cohort in the school that achieve A*-C in GCSE music are awarded a Gold certificate; 15% of the overall Key Stage 4 cohort in the school that achieve A*-C in GCSE music are awarded a Silver certificate and 10% of the overall Key Stage 4 cohort in the school that achieve A*-C in GCSE music are awarded a Bronze certificate.

The ISM and ISM Trust first released these certificates to secondary schools in England in 2016, and last year extended the scheme to include schools in Wales and Northern Ireland. There are plans to extend this initiative to Scotland in the future.

About the ISM and ISM Trust

The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), supported by the ISM Trust (

The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians. Founded in 1882, we champion the importance of music and protect the rights of those working within music through a range of services, campaigns, support and practical advice. We are a wholly independent, non-profit-making organisation.

We support over 8,500 members who come from all branches of the profession and work across all genres and disciplines.

The ISM Trust, the ISM’s sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health.

The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

The Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector inducing music educators, performers, and composers and delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.